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JTA to vote on Government's wage offer today

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2015 | 6:11 AM

Delegates of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) are to vote today on whether to accept the seven per cent increase in wages offered by the Government.

The vote will take place at the JTA’S Special Conference scheduled for today at Jamaica College.

The Conference begins at 10 o’clock in the morning.

Teachers have already indicated through a series of parish meetings held by the JTA that they are not satisfied with the offer from the Government.

The seven per cent increase is the Government’s second offer to the union which rejected the previous five per cent proposal.

However, the Government has said it cannot afford to improve its offer.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips used a national broadcast this week to again attempt to convince public sector workers to accept that the Government’s latest wage proposal is the best it can offer.

Dr Phillips said it would be reckless to borrow more money in order to offer higher wages to public sector workers.

He argued that doing so could derail the economic reform programme and take Jamaica back to being near bankrupt.